Frequently Asked Kayak/SUP Questions

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FAQ

Q: Where can I kayak? Do I have to take the kayak/SUP with me?

A: We launch most of our rentals right out our back door. Our docks are located on Town Cove and you can paddle out into Nauset Marsh and the various beaches and landings there. If you would like to kayak or paddle board somewhere else, we offer delivery for any full day or longer rentals. There is a delivery and pick up fee that is based on location. If you have the means to do so, we also have straps and pads you can use to take them away and bring them back yourself, saving the delivery/pick up fees.

Q: Do you rent wet suits or dry bags to take with me on my paddle?

A: Unfortunately we do not rent wet suits. Wet suits are pretty much unnecessary, as the water temperature sits around 62 degrees all summer. Hypothermia is rather unlikely. If temperatures are low, we will not send out. Dry bags, on the other hand, may be useful. We do have a limited number for rent at $5 per trip and we do have some for sale in our store.

Q: What should I wear for my kayaking/canoeing/SUPing adventure?

A: Anything you don’t mind getting wet. A bathing suit usually does the trick with a pair of sandals or water shoes. If not, shorts, a t-shirt, and old sneakers will just as easily get the job done. These are all water sports, so expect to get wet!

Q: Are there sharks in the Cove or Marsh?

A: Never in all of the years of the existence of Town Cove has a great white shark been spotted. We get the occasional lost seal swimming around near Hopkins Island, but that’s about as exciting as it gets. The seals won’t bother you if you don’t bother them; they’ll just poke their head out of the water to see what’s going on.

Q: Is it possible to paddle during low tide?

A: Paddling during high tide is definitely preferable, but it’s still possible to get around during low tide. There are a few sandbars out in the Cove that you might get stuck in if you’re not careful, but keep in mind that kayaks only need a few inches of water to get through smoothly. However, if you plan on paddling in the marsh, low tide will make it extremely difficult to paddle anywhere that’s not the main channel. We recommend paddling in the Cove and Marsh in the 6 hour window surrounding high tide. (A tide chart can be found online or in our store for your own reference).